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As part of Refugee Week, Northampton Town of Sanctuary and the University of Northampton would like to invite you to meet Professor Peter Hopkins, Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University to discuss his most recent report, “It’s like rubbing salt on the wound”: the impacts of Covid-19 and lockdown on asylum seekers and refugees.

The report draws upon a UK-wide survey of service providers working with or for refugees, as well as interviews with service providers, refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow and Newcastle-Gateshead.

For asylum seekers and refugees, the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis overlap with many other challenges and inequalities that pre-dated the pandemic. These pre-existing hardships and the challenges presented by the pandemic, combined to leave many highly vulnerable in this time of crisis.